Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dear San Jacinto City Council - legalize it!

This is a copy of the letter I sent to the city manager and council members about this issue.


Dear San Jacinto Mayor Miller and esteemed City Council members,

I write to you today in support of San Jacinto allowing for expanded marijuana stores and testing facilities. As you are likely aware, tens of thousands of city residents and guests already use marijuana. None of that will change at all by dis-allowing stores and testing facilities in San Jacinto. In fact, much of the police resources that are spent on marijuana related issues and enforcement would then be better used against the gangs and other criminal elements in the city. Voting to allow dispensaries and testing facilities will not only align the city with what the states' voters have already passed, but it will allow San Jacinto to become a city looking toward a future - instead of reacting to the past. 

Aside for the obvious money that will come in to the city via sales taxes from stores and testing facilities, you allowing these places to have proper legal standing will undoubtedly increase home values. San Jacinto will become a popular place, very quickly. This will also help many families who are still slightly 'under water' with mortgages they signed in the mid-2000's. 

Additionally, I know there are many people in San Jacinto who wish to keep the rural aspect of the valley. I believe that not only will housing values go up - but the land will also become more valuable as raw farming land due to San Jacinto having a great climate for growing. By the farming land becoming valuable as actual farm land as opposed to most valuable as developed into housing tracts, this could very well help preserve the farming heritage that local residents have enjoyed for over 100 years. 

I thank you for your time,

William 'Bill' Gould
Resident, SW Riverside County
Local Business Owner